How much does it cost to build an onboarding app?

Standard price for an onboarding app: $37,500

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What is an onboarding app?

An onboarding app is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to provision their devices and apps. The onboarding app typically prompts users for basic information like their name, email address, and phone number. The onboarding app then sends this information to the provisioning API of another application (like Salesforce or G Suite). Once the onboarding app has completed its work it may display a unique URL for the user to visit in order to access their newly provisioned account.

Onboarding apps are similar to other personalization apps like customer support apps, social networking apps, and recommendation apps. The most popular onboarding app today is easily the Lyft app.

Here are some recent onboarding app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • Once app opens it prompts you to connect to the device via Bluetooth.

What is the typical cost to build an onboarding app?

An onboarding app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. An onboarding app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent onboarding app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $7,500

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of an app:

How long does it take to build an onboarding app?

An onboarding app usually takes 100 hours to build. However, an onboarding app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 133 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent onboarding apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 100

How to successfully grow your onboarding application

An onboarding app can achieve viral growth by making it easy for users to invite their friends and colleagues to join the platform. For example, an onboarding app might allow users to send a link to employees at their company when they sign up for the platform. Onboarding apps also need to have a clear value proposition for employers in order to persuade them to incorporate it into the onboarding process for new employees.

Risks and challenges of building a onboarding application

An onboarding app faces risks related to the handling of sensitive personal data, the storage of critical company information, and compliance with regulatory standards. Before creating an onboarding app, you will want to ensure that you have strong data encryption and access control mechanisms in place. You should also determine whether your app needs to be PCI DSS compliant by evaluating whether it is a processing, transmission, or storage facility for credit card information. If so, you should consider using a third-party payment provider or implementing a custom payment system built on top of a secure platform such as Amazon Web Services.

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